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Saw some roads we’ve never been on before and had a grand old time!

 

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Thanks to Teresa & Simon Bleeker!

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Mystery Lunch Run
July 30, 2017

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Simon and Teresa Bleeker weren’t content to just give their all for COTV by hosting a fantastic annual picnic at their home, they also stepped up to provide us with a great July day on the roads. We have to make sure they stick around so we can have more fun days together.

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The group was set to meet at the usual spot (Kohl’s on Temecula Parkway, in Temecula, for any new members) at 9am and depart at 9:30. Of course, by 8:30 there were already 3 or 4 cars in place, with Bruce Mofford acting as a welcoming party for some early bird visitors, Beverly and Walt Kuchler. They had been on a previous MLR about a year ago, but decided to come over from their home in Garner Valley near Lake Hemet, to give us another look over. In a prior life they were members of Orange County Corvettes, but we are hoping they will come over to the fun side and since they asked for an application during lunch, chances are good.

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A number of our new to newer members were on hand for the fun and for many, their first Mystery Lunch Run. Among them were Chuck Calagna, Jan and Terry Munn, Jason and Joethal Marshall, and Rahul Bharadwaj. A blast from the past came in the persons of Rick Suviate and his wife (sorry I forgot your name!) who joined in 2005 when Don Weeks was president, were quite active for a couple of years and then dropped out when life got busy (happens to the best of us.) They are considering rejoining and since they kept their badges, decals and shirts, they are all set. Tom and Ann Lontz & Tom and Ruth Pierick, who are all relatively new, were there, although Ruth was among the “walking wounded” sporting a broken foot from their recent trip to Colorado. Some faces we don’t see as often as we would like, Karen Hellman and Dayton and Pam Taylor, joined the fun as well.

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We were ready to depart pretty close to “on schedule” and Hans and Alma volunteered to bring up the rear of the caravan of 35 cars and about 60 folks. Simon promised our rest stop would be at an “interesting old building” and sure enough, about 35 miles along Highway 79, just before Warner Springs, we made a left turn where we didn’t even know there was a street – because it wasn’t really a street but more of a dirt road. We did a semi U-turn and climbed a dusty hill to the Saint Francis of Assisi Chapel which was constructed as a Mission Chapel by the Cupeno Indians in 1830 with the supervision of the Verona Fathers from the Santa Ysabel Mission. It is known for its open beam work ceiling and, are you ready, paranormal activity. For over a century it has been considered one of the most active paranormal sites in western America. The chapel is considered the beginning of the “trail of tears.” We arrived as they were preparing for the Sunday service and had a quick peak inside and used the “facilities.” Then we left via the same dusty road from the dusty parking lot, after seeing a place most of us didn’t even know existed. Our question, as always, is how the MLR hosts even find some of these places.

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We regrouped a little further along 79, with Hans acting as road captain by standing in the middle of traffic until we all got out onto the road. After about 13 miles, we turned right on Mesa Grande Road, which most of us were completely unfamiliar with (although Bill Steed has been there and even recently, so he doesn’t count). We wound through the hills of what the Bleekers called gorgeous ”cattle country” in our gorgeous Corvettes and made a short stop for a photo op. We stayed on Mesa Grande for about 12 miles and then caught up with a real numbered road, CA-76. After 1 ¾ miles we ended up at the Lake Henshaw Market and Cafe, the Round Up Grill. We filled the parking lot and most of the seats in the cafe, much to the dismay of all the motorcycle riders who count it as a lunch stop as well.

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As lunch drew to a close, some left on their own trek home and some stayed to caravan with the Bleekers over Palomar and into Temecula the scenic back way. What another successful and fun day, meeting new friends and chatting with old ones as well. Let’s do it again! Much thanks to Simon and Terry for all their planning.

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